Have discovered a lot of my summit logs have disappeared or been deleted. Don't know what the deal is but it's disheartening to find the info I put down gone. What is up summitpost?
Did this along with Cardinal. As I recall the scramble was more strenuous that I thought it'd be although it was not a problem. There was a fire just north of us at the time and the air was getting pretty bad so we bugged out before we could do Emerald too.
Did as part of my big Glacier Peak Wilderness Trip where we climbed Emerald, Cardinal (including its south peak), Saska, Pinnacle, South Spectacle Butte, Fernow, Copper, Flora, Martin, Bonanza and Dark Peaks. 9 days, 78.5 miles, and 44,300 feet gain!
Climbed in Spring 2012, along with Pinnacle, during a multi-day ski trip, as part of my continuing project to traverse and climb a number of Chelan and Entiat area peaks by using spring ski approaches. With Saska’s scree covered in steep snow, I actually elected to get onto the south-southwest ridge and climbed it’s crest to the top; I would rate this class 3+, with fun exposure on the narrow crest – sometimes a crested cornice, sometimes a knife-edge rock ridge, with steep looking drop-offs on both sides… but maybe it was just the ski boots making it seem like real climbing. Will post a few photos soon.
After 8 miles of approach I realized that I had left my glacier goggles in the car. Facing 2 more days of heavy sun and snow travel, I made Inuit style snow goggles out of available materials. Although these were not ideal, my eyes went unharmed. We knew it was going to be hot so we didn't bring a tent or use bivy sacks. Alexei and I climbed Cardinal and Saska on the second day. On the third day we climbed Emerald before heading out. Saska was my 25th Bulger peak.
Similar views found on Cardinal - the initial gully scramble is full of loose, slippery rock.